Wednesday, April 04, 2007

European Western Classical Music To European Chinese Classical Music Without The Bothersome European American Classical Music

"With stunning swiftness China’s surging ranks of classical musicians have found a home in Western concert halls, conservatories and opera houses, jolting a musical tradition born in the courts and churches of Europe.

Large solo fees, plush orchestra jobs, an established audience and the presence of teachers steeped in the tradition have lured them to American and European cities. The phenomenon, which has been building for at least a decade, has gathered steam in the last few years, injecting new vitality into the American classical music scene after historic influxes of Italians, Germans and Russian Jews, and more recently Japanese, Taiwanese and Koreans.

“I honestly think that in some real sense the future of classical music depends on developments in China in the next 20 years,” said Robert Sirota, the president of the Manhattan School of Music. “They represent a vast new audience as well as a classical-music-performing population that is much larger than anything we’ve had so far. You’re looking at a time when, maybe 20 to 40 years from now, Shanghai and Beijing are really going to be considered centers of world art music.” ...

Daniel J. Wakin "Increasingly in the West, the Players Are From the East" New York Times April 4, 2007

[Click on image for 'Grander Canyon'.]

The 'Grand Canyon', North America, from Space.

Even Ferde Grofe's once popular Mississippi Suite (1926) [13’38"]; Grand Canyon Suite (1931) [31’57"]; and Niagara Falls Suite (1961) [22’06"] are unwanted and unloved on the new American classical music disdaining Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital.

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